County airport gets grant for construction |

County airport gets grant for construction

RIFLE – A new administration building for the Garfield County Regional Airport will be constructed with the help of a $200,000 state grant, if the remaining funds are approved by the county.Gov. Bill Owens on Tuesday announced that the Garfield County Regional Airport has been awarded a $200,000 state aviation grant for improvements to the airport.The grant will be combined with $647,000 of federal and $100,000 of county monies toward the estimated $1.54 million project, which will also provide storage for fire responders’ and snow removal equipment.However, the state grant will only be accepted if the county approves expenditure of the remaining funds.”It’s still in the budget and (if approved), it will go out for design and building in 2007,” said Brian Condie, manager of the Garfield County Airport.The grant was one of 43 state aviation grants totaling $3.85 million awarded by the seven-member Colorado Aeronautical Board. The grants are to be used solely for aviation purposes and are funded from aviation fuel tax revenues.”These aviation grant funds help Colorado’s public-use airports bring in millions of dollars in federal project funds they might not otherwise be able to obtain,” said Gov. Owens. “That’s good news for our airports and for their communities, which depend on airports for quick and safe transportation as well as critical services such as flight-for-life and search and rescue. This program has been a big boost for our public-use airports for many years.”The Glenwood Springs Municipal Airport also received a state aviation grant approved by Gov. Owens. The $27,200 grant will go towards improvements to the airport and, combined with the $6,800 grant of federal and local monies, will be used to fund runway/taxiway maintenance and the purchase of a snow removal truck.

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